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Buying a New Car in Nigeria: What is The Best Choice For a First Car? What Factors Should You Consider?

By Femi Amisu Updated: 05/23/2019 Posted: 10/05/2018

Time has come to purchase your first car and you’re excited. You can’t wait to get behind the wheel and hopefully make transportation a little easier. But hold on for a sec! Have you really thought about this? Are you looking at the full picture and not letting enthusiasm and over excitement cloud your judgement? We will show you here the factors you should consider when buying a new car in Nigeria. 

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Japanese, American, or German cars, there’s a lot to choose from when considering brands for your first car. For a new car user, there’s a lot you have to factor in before parting with your money to get that car. It’s just not okay to buy a car because it looks nice or because that is what’s in vogue. There’s a little thinking involved and we’ll guide you through that.


Whether you’re buying a new or used car, there’s a lot you need to put into consideration to ensure that you’re getting your money’s worth and you’re getting a vehicle that meets your auto needs with as little stress as possible. Here are some key things you should consider.

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  1. New vs. Used

Buying a new car can be really expensive. A used car might be your best bet unless you have a high paying job or an excellent source of income. Considering additional maintenance costs, a used car might be a good option. You can get great used vehicles and optimal conditions when connected to the right source.


Depending on your choice, used versions of some particular brands are almost as good as the brand new version. For example, buying a clear title auction Mercedes would almost always be better than buying a new Kia, considering durability and overall vehicle quality.

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  1. Where are you buying from?

The source of your vehicle will go a long way when determining its condition. If you are buying a new car, you want to make sure that it’s from an authorized dealership or has good reviews. Buying from a dealer who is ready to cut corners to offer you cheap prices will almost always backfire and cause you auto nightmares. A new car should always have clearly stated warranty cover for a defined number of miles or years. Make sure you ask for this.

Buying used cars also requires its own share of due diligence as there is also a lot of dishonesty in the used auto dealership industry. Do your research to make sure that you are not buying salvage cars that have been repackaged and passed off for new or flooded cars that can have serious electrical issues a few months down the line.

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  1. Why do you really need the car?

Are you buying the car just for regular use? Is there a chance that you’ll be doing a lot of road trips with the car? Are you newly married or expecting kids soon?

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These are all questions you need to ask yourself to ensure that you are buying a car that suits your purpose now and in the immediate future. A single-use/purpose car for you alone might be a regular sedan. If you are newly married and expecting kids, you might be better off buying a minivan or an SUV.

If you will be taking lots of road trips or driving around a lot, you might want to consider a car with fuel economy and spare parts readily available.

  1. Have you thought about the monthly maintenance cost?

Buying a car involves more than just the initial cost of purchase. It also includes the cost of maintenance for the first year. You would most certainly refuel your car, carry out periodic maintenance and checkups, and also pay for minor fixes and repairs that come from the vehicle’s daily use.

These are tagged maintenance costs and are things you need to factor in before buying your first car. Not having your car serviced regularly enough can lead to ugly problems you would wish you had taken seriously from the onset.

You can easily spend thousands of dollars in your first year so you have to be prepared for this if your vehicle is to last long enough and serve you well and safely. Some car brands like Toyota and Honda have a relatively low maintenance cost and are more fuel economical than Mercedes Benz.

Even so, a Toyota Highlander V6 SUV will guzzle more fuel than a Toyota Corolla 2005. A Honda Accord 2005 V6 will also need more fuel stops than a regular 4-cylinder version of the same model.

  1. In what conditions will you be using the car?

What are your road conditions like? Are they smooth or rough? Are you a merchant and regularly need to load your merchandise and move about with it?

Having a clear picture of the use conditions, especially road conditions will help you choose if a low-rider is what you need or a vehicle with high ground clearance. For really bad roads, SUVs with stronger suspension and steering racks might be a better choice.

The vehicle that fits your use conditions might seem expensive at first but buying one that fits will help you save money either at the point of purchase or after months of continuous and expensive auto repairs.

  1. Are spare parts readily available?

This is an unspoken rule of car purchase. Failure to properly consider this factor has led to the grounding of a lot of vehicles. It is not just enough nor OK to buy a car for aesthetic purposes.

A car has moving mechanical parts that WILL wear with time or use. Having a steady source of parts for replacement readily available is compulsory if you wish to continue using your car. A casual chat with a certified auto mechanic will give you the knowledge you need to make up your mind about what car to buy.

If that’s not possible, you can also pay a little attention to auto repair shops when you happen to pass by. Take note of the brand and model of cars you tend to always see in an auto repair shop. If you notice a particular brand or car always there or jacked up for repairs, that might be a good sign to steer clear of that particular car.

  1. Is there adequate local knowledge about the car to fix it

As crucial as spare part availability is also the skill and labour to fix your car.

Even with spare parts readily available, if the auto repair mechanic doesn’t understand your car or doesn’t know how to fix it, it will end up being grounded. You want to be sure that the licensed mechanics know and understand how to fix your choice of car.

A casual chat with an auto mechanic or two should give you the knowledge to be able to make the right car choice.

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Toyota, BMW, Honda, Kia, Mercedes, Ford, BMW… the perfect first car for you depends on most if not all of the factors above. After considering them, don’t be surprised if you discover that your initial brand or model of choice has to change. The more informed you are, the more you’ll get out of it.

There are hundreds of brands and models available to choose from for your first car. The detail and attention you put into your first car will determine how well it serves you and how much stress you encounter.

It is vital that you keep your enthusiasm aside and think with a clear head. If you require assistance with buying a used car, you can speak to our consultants at Auto Auction Mall and we will be more than happy to guide you through the process of getting your dream car at a fraction of the retail price.